The library provides free wireless Internet access. Patrons using the library’s WiFi must comply with the library’s Internet and Computer Use Policies.

Public Computers

To fulfill its mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats, Cornwall Public Library provides access to computers and the Internet.

• Patrons wishing to use CPL computer equipment must have a valid library card in their own name that is free of fines. Those who are not eligible for a library card must show valid picture ID and may be issued a guest pass or Internet Only card.
• Patrons may call the Information Desk to reserve computer time in advance.
• Patrons who fail to log in to a computer promptly at their scheduled or reserved time risk forfeit of their allotted time.
• No more than two (2) patrons can work at each computer station.
• Computer equipment work stations are for computer work only.
• Patrons are allowed to use Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports on the CPL computers. Such use is restricted to accessing, e-mailing and printing files; installing software or executable files is not allowed. Patrons may use their own USB drives or may purchase a USB drive from the library. Patrons are not allowed to save files to the Library’s computer hard drives.
• Patrons are responsible for any damage to computers and for loss of materials.
• Library staff may provide limited instruction and assistance to patrons using Library computers if staffing permits. Extensive instruction is not available on a walk-in basis.
• Patrons should report any computer or software problems to the Information Desk. Misuse or abuse of the Library’s computers will result in immediate suspension of computer privileges.
• Extended computer time cannot be granted if others are waiting to use the computers.
The Internet is an unregulated medium offering a wealth of valuable information that is personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. However, some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some individuals. Library patrons use it at their own risk. The Library is not responsible for the content of the Internet, changes in content of the sources to which may link the Library’s home page, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links. CPL does not censor access to materials or protect patrons from information that may be found offensive.

All patrons must agree to the Library’s Computer Use & Internet and Wireless Use Policy in order to use Library computers; parents or legal guardians must sign a Computer Use Agreement form to allow children under the age of 16 to use the Internet. Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and accessed by their children. Parents are advised to supervise their children’s Internet information. We strongly urge parents to discuss appropriate and inappropriate use of the Internet with their children. Children under the age of 11 years old may be asked to use the computers in the children’s area instead of the computers in the adult computer area. People age 13 and older are prohibited from using the computers in the children’s area unless they are a parent, sibling, or caregiver of a small child who is using resources in the children’s area of the Library.

Abuse of the Internet on Library computers will result in immediate suspension of Internet access privileges. The following uses of the Internet on Library computers are considered inappropriate and are prohibited.

• Transmission of defamatory material;
• Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material;
• Plagiarism
• Receipt or transmission of obscene material; which shall mean any material in written, pictorial or other form concerning sexual or excretory organs or actions that appeal predominantly to the prurient interest of adults, which is patently offensive to the prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole and without redeeming social value;
• Receipt or transmission by or to a minor of material indecent to minors; which shall mean any material in written, pictorial, or other form concerning sexual or excretory organs or actions that appeal predominantly to the prurient interest of minors, which is patently offensive to the prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole and without redeeming social value to minors;
• Destruction or alteration of another’s materials or files; vandalism of equipment; or, tampering with the Library’s computer hardware or software;
• Patrons using the Library’s computers and/or accessing the Internet agree to comply with all local, State and Federal laws.
Failure to utilize the Library’s computers or Internet access appropriately may result in revocation of Library privileges. Unlawful usage may also result in criminal and/or civil proceedings.

Approved by Cornwall Public Library Board of Trustees 8/17/2012

Laptop Computers

Who can borrow a library laptop?
Adult Patrons with RCLS member library cards in good standing (no fines or overdues)*.
Patrons aged 16/17 with library cards in good standing whose parent/legal guardian has signed a Laptop Borrowing Agreement.
You must have your library card in hand to borrow a laptop. If you have lost your card, you must apply for a replacement card. You must also have your current photo ID in hand and a signed Laptop Borrowing Agreement on file.
*A patron with a library card just issued must wait to receive the card in the mail before they can borrow a laptop, however he may still use a public computer.
Why do I have to sign a Laptop Borrowing Agreement and leave my ID when I borrow a laptop?
It is important that patrons be aware of the responsibility they are assuming when they borrow one of the library’s laptops. That responsibility is detailed in the agreement they must sign before borrowing one.
The library needs to protect the community’s investment and make every effort to ensure that the laptops will not be taken from the building. Holding the patron’s photo ID is our best effort at doing that. The photo ID will be kept locked up while the laptop is being used.
Can I print from the laptop?
Yes. You need to put money on your Envisonware account in $1.00 increments before printing. Print jobs will not be released at the Reference Desk. All print jobs are sent to the public copier.

For how long may I borrow the laptop?
Just as with the public computers, a laptop can be borrowed for up to one 60-minute session per day and two additional 30-minute sessions. If others are waiting, you may be limited to fewer sessions at a time. (If the laptops are needed for library-offered computer classes, they may not be available for the full amount of time.) Time limits for laptops & PCs are cumulative. Laptops need to be returned by 30 minutes before closing time.
Can I save my documents?
As with the public computers, you may save your work to a flash drive. Flash drives are available to purchase at the Circulation Desk, or you may bring in your own flash drive.

Can I retrieve my documents once I have logged off Envisionware?

No. Once you have logged off (or are logged off by) Envisonware, your work is wiped from the hard drive.
Can the laptop leave the building?
No. The laptop cannot leave the main part of the building. It cannot be brought into the lobby or the restroom. If you need to use the restroom, take a cell phone call in the lobby, or leave the building for any reason, you should save your work to a flash drive and leave the laptop with the Circulation Staff to hold behind the desk until you have returned.
Can I sign out a laptop for another person to use?
No. In an effort to protect the community’s investment in our Laptop Program, you may only sign out a laptop for your own use. Exceptions will be made for a person using a laptop with another person, or a parent signing out a laptop for a minor child.
Parents signing out a laptop for a minor child must remain with the child while the laptop is in use. This does not apply for a 16/17 year old who has signed out a laptop in his/her own name.
Laptop borrowers are expected to follow all other Library policies.


The library has a number of iPad Minis are available for use in the library that are pre-loaded with games and activity apps for pre-schoolers, school-age children, and teens. A parent must sign an iPad Mini Agreement so that the child is eligible to use an iPad for a one-hour session. Ask at the front desk.

Mobile Print

Imagine being able to print any document from anywhere you are to anywhere you desire. PrinterOn Mobile Printing enables you to send and print documents from any smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. The library is now a destination for printing. Print emails, attachments, photos, boarding passes, web pages and more from both wireless and wired connections.

Use while traveling, from your home or car or even in the library building!

IMPORTANT INFO: Your print job will remain in the print queue for 24 hours. Please come to a library service desk to retrieve and pay for it – the library does not print items and hold them. Please note that mobile printing costs are the same as from our public computers: $0.15 for black & white and $0.35 for color. If you already have a pay print account, you can use your account to pay (the app will prompt you to use this).

PLEASE NOTE: On occasion, Printeron will fail to send a remote print job.  Please make a note of your print confirmation # in case of technical difficulties. You may call the library at 534-8282 to make sure your job is in the queue.


Using a computer or laptop:

  • Please go to Printeron Mobile Print Service
  • Follow the instructions to upload your document (your email must be provided to identify your print job)

Alternately, email the document to one of these addresses:

  • for black & white documents: rcls-cornwall-bw@printspots.com
  • for color documents: rcls-cornwall-color@printspots.com


From a smartphone or tablet:

  • Download the app onto your smartphone or tablet

→Apple devices, download the iOS app from the App Store

→Android devices, download the Android app from Google Play

  • Open the app and tap on “No printer selected”
  • Tap the search box at the top of the screen and type in “Cornwall” or “12518”
  • Select RCLS Cornwall Public Library (note that there is one for black & white and one for color)
  • Tap documents, photos or web, depending on what you wish to print.
  • Tap on the printer icon at the top right of screen
  • Tap print

New York Times Digital Access

The Power of Your Library! The Cornwall Public Library is now providing full, free digital access to the New York Times both in the library and from home – or anywhere using a digital device.

How to use the service

Within the library:

  • Navigate to: nytimes.com
  • Register with an email
  • Enjoy complimentary access

Outside the library:

  • Navigate to: www.nytimes.com/redeemaccess
  • Enter the following code: 5c90e7223d4edfb3
  • Register with an email
  • Enjoy 72 hours of free access*
  • You can also download the NY Times mobile app, login and use the free access.

OR, click here to register and redeem.

* When the 72 hours expires, patrons can redeem another code at any time for an additional 72 hours, by returning to www.nytimes/redeemaccess.  You must log out of the browser and the app before redeeming the code again.